August events in Oklahoma

Published: 08/01/2019, 6:07 PM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 10:22 AM
(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) Maximize your fun during the last full month of summer with exciting rodeos, music festivals and food fairs. Whether you tap your toes to bluegrass in Blanchard or munch on endless watermelon at the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival, your summer plans in Oklahoma are about to get a lot cooler. See our picks for this month’s top festivals.   Mountain View Free Fair Mountain View / August 1-3 Attend one of the oldest community fairs in the state in the small town of Mountain View. Established in 1915, this celebration includes carnival rides, live entertainment, games, arts and crafts, exhibits and tasty fair food.   Cat Video Fest Oklahoma City / August 3 Have some fun at this year's celebration of the most popular YouTube and Instagram videos featuring everyone's favorite Internet felines. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to the Myriad Botanical Gardens to enjoy clips on the big screen, as well as fun activities and contests. Pawnee Bill Memorial Rodeo Pawnee / August 8-10 Experience three days of thrilling action at this IPRA sanctioned rodeo. From bull riding and mutton bustin’ to vendor booths and nightly dances, this event features something for the whole family including a parade and Western games.   Rush Springs Watermelon Festival Rush Springs / August 8-10 Escape the summer heat with a cool, juicy slice of watermelon at this much-loved Rush Springs event. This family-friendly festival features a 5K run, rodeo, parade, seed spitting contest and over 25 tons of free melon handed out.    Green Country Roots Festival Tahlequah / August 9-11 Celebrate the arts with an amazing array of regional bands, artisans, comedians, dancers, poets and filmmakers. This homegrown festival features live performances on Friday and Saturday evening, as well as a Native American powwow on Sunday. Powwow of Champions Tulsa / August 9-11 Witness as the ORU Mabee Center in Tulsa comes to life in a colorful expression of dance, drum music and song as members of various tribal nations gather at this renowned powwow. Visitors will also enjoy traditional foods and a Native American arts and crafts market. Will Rogers & Wiley Post Fly-In Oologah / August 10 Celebrate the lives of two of Oklahoma’s favorite sons at this thrilling aviation event. Bring the kids to the famed Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch and watch more than 100 small aircraft land on the 2,000 ft. grass airstrip. This annual event also features children’s activities, a car show and food vendors. Oklahoma Festival of Ballooning Muskogee / August 16-17 Get ready for two days of fun with tethered balloon rides, food trucks, kids activities, a 5K, nightly balloon glows and a fireworks finale at this exciting event. There will also be live music by John Fullbright and The Swon Brothers. Blanchard Bluegrass Festival Blanchard / August 23-24 Enjoy some of Oklahoma’s finest regional pickers at the Blanchard Bluegrass Festival. This free festival begins Friday night with gospel singing then continues all day Saturday with traditional bluegrass music, workshops and jam sessions. Elk City Rodeo of Champions Elk City / August 30 - September 1 The rodeo will feature some of the best rodeo talent in the world. Free Concerts immediately following the rodeo with Bo Phillips performing Friday evening and The Damn Quails Saturday night. The concerts are sponsored by the Elk City Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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